A bizarre and tragic incident left an expectant mother and her unborn baby dead at a Fort Lauderdale hotel's poolside cabana.
The 27-year-old woman visiting from Massachusetts had just entered the cabana when a car plowed into it, killing her instantly. The car's driver reportedly lost control, hit a curb, crossed a sidewalk and continued 20 feet into the cabana. The driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was reported to be in stable condition.
An investigation is underway and charges against the driver are pending toxicology tests. A Breathalyzer and blood test were not performed immediately following the incident because the driver was injured. A myriad of legal issues could come into play, from driver negligence causing catastrophic injuries to premises liability and resort tort litigation.
The mother-to-be and her husband had traveled to Fort Lauderdale to attend the Real Marriage Tour at Calvary Chapel, where more than 3,000 people gathered for "discussions on love, friendship and sexuality in a program designed to strengthen marriages," reported the Sun Sentinel. The couple had won the trip in an essay contest, with a winning entry focused on their dedication to their faith and desire for one last vacation before the birth of their son. The victim of the fatal tragedy was a teaching assistant for a third-grade special education class in Massachusetts.
The heartbreak and emotional trauma the victim's husband is suffering is almost unimaginable. He would have returned home with his wife to a house prepared for the arrival of their child, and now will return alone.